Meanwhile over at the sea lion colony, it’s like a “Summer Day Spa” as they lie on the sand across the beach, all that’s missing is beach umbrellas! The sea lions snooze as they sunbathe under the hot sun all the while wearing their fur coats! When they get too hot though the sea is only a few steps away to take a dip. Some of the young male sea lions practice not only cool off, but spend time practicing their sparring in the shallow waves. “The Beast” who is quite sandy and clearly exhausted is stretched out in the sun. He is apparently too tired to run down the beach and chase the young males away. Instead he raises his head up a bit, gives a half-hearted bark and then immediately goes back to sleep. It is enough for “The Beast” to even do this because the young males move away. In the “kiddie pool” the two-month old sea lion pups cavort together delightfully. A designated “baby sitter” lets out a yawn either bored or simply ready to take a nap. The sea lion pups, of course, seem to have endless energy and play and play. Occasionally a pup will break away to find his mom on the beach & have lunch! Summer with the sea lions is such a delight!
“Shelly Cat By the Sea: Adventures at the Beach” is the delightful story of Shelly Cat and her two “marvelous” mice friends, Marv & Louis, who live by the beach. The three friends build sand castles and collect sea shells, but also have adventures at the beach seeing dolphins, sea lions and harbor seals. The inquisitive cat and mice watch pelicans plunge into the sea for dinner, snowy egrets “dance” on the beach and see cormorants with turquoise eyes and throats. Each adventure is an opportunity for education about the beach environment on the west coast. Shelly Cat and the mice even spend time picking up trash on the beach. Shelly Cat is a very happy cat and clearly enjoys her life by the sea. She wears assorted hats and necklaces. Marv & Louis, the two mice, each have distinctive personalities. Marv is the serious one who likes to read books and watches out for Louis. Louis is shy and has a childlike silliness. Louis often carries paper umbrellas used for drinks that he found at the beach. One day the mice discover that they are talented at weaving baskets and hats from reeds growing in the marsh on the bay. Another day the three friends run away from the waves with the tiny Sanderling birds. Together they collect and learn about sea weeds and about the hermit crabs living in sea shells in tide pools. Shelly Cat, Marv & Louis go grunion hunting under the full moon and collect pine nuts from pine trees. They watch sea gulls raise their polka-dotted chicks. Every day is a marvelous adventure at the beach with Shelly Cat By the Sea and her two mice friends, Marv & Louis. Both adults and children will enjoy this book.
“Shelly Cat By the Sea: Adventures at the Beach” is written by Nancy Lee Artist By-the-Sea and is illustrated with Nancy Lee’s watercolors. Nancy Lee previously published “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”, a sea shell education book with her watercolor illustrations and photography of sea shells in Southern California.
HAPPY EARTH DAY FROM SAN DIEGO – All of the wild life here on the seashore, in the air & in the sea wish everyone a Happy Earth Day! A special thanks to all who dedicate their lives to protecting Mother Earth every day all the time. Shout out to Greenpeace and Sea Shepard, Audubon, Rendezvous Dive Adventures (ghost nets), Nan Daeschler Hauser, Pacific Marine Mammal Rescue, pelican rescue centers and everyone else who volunteer tirelessly to protect wildlife on Mother Earth and to educate everyone about living at one with nature. In case I’ve forgotten to mention you, you know who you are. Thanks very much!